Samsung Free and Google Discover on Galaxy phones and tablets

Samsung Free and Google Discover option on Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Free gives you access to live TV, news, and articles from numerous sources, podcasts, and interactive games. The best part is they are entirely free of charge! Plus, certain newer Galaxy devices also support both Samsung Free and the Google Discover feature, which gives you a personalized search experience.

Note: The availability of Samsung Free and Google Discover may vary depending on your country, carrier, and model.

Explore Samsung Free's features

Samsung Free offers TV shows, news articles, and fun games all in one convenient place.

To access it, simply swipe right while on the Home screen. Watch the trailer, and read the information. Then, agree to the Privacy notice by tapping Agree.

There are four tabs in the program - Watch, Listen, Read, and Play. Here's what you can find in each section:

Samsung Free home screen with Watch, Listen, Read, and Play tab options
  • Watch: Use this tab to get access to a wide selection of TV channels from Samsung TV Plus. Tap a category (such as Movies, Lifestyle, News, etc.) and then browse the currently airing programs. Simply tap on the show's name to watch the live TV program. You can swipe left on the feed to see what programs will air at a later time. However, you can only watch or select programs that are currently live. Please see the "Customize the Watch tab’s settings" section for details on how to adjust the channel settings.

  • Listen: Choose from a wide array of podcasts to enjoy, including categories like Comedy, Society and culture, Business, Games and hobbies, or Arts. Tap a podcast to listen to an episode or subscribe to it. Please see the “Customize the Listen tab” section for more information.

  • Read: Discover the latest headlines from multiple news sources, so you can always know what is going on in the world. Swipe to browse the available articles. When you reach the bottom, tap More to load additional stories or tap More popular stories to be taken to a separate news website. By default, you’ll see general news articles, but you can customize what categories appear. Please see the "Customize the categories in Read tab" section for more details.

  • Play: Check out free games, such as puzzles or Mahjong. Tap on a game to play it; it will open up in Instant Plays (Beta). This feature lets you play the game right then and there without downloading anything, so long as you're online. Please see the "Customize data settings for the Play tab" section to control your data usage. Games you play will be saved in Game Launcher, where you can access them later and play where you left off. 

Note: If you have a device that doesn't have Samsung TV Plus built in, you can download the Samsung TV Plus app, which also lets you watch free TV.

Customize the Watch tab's settings

Unlike with normal cable TV, you can customize what channels appear in Samsung Free! Simply disable the channels you know you'll never watch, or favorite the channels you watch the most. That way, it will be easier to browse the channels or programs you're interested in.

Manage channels

You can choose which available channels appear in the Samsung Free app.

  1. To open Samsung Free, swipe right while on the Home screen. 

  2. Make sure you’re on the Watch tab, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots). 

  3. Tap Settings, then tap Manage channels, and then tap your desired category, such as Movies, Music, and so on.

  4. From there, tap the switch to select or deselect your preferred channels.

Manage channels screen with a list of categories

Favorite channels

Bookmark the channels you watch the most, so they'll appear at the top of the channel list.

  1. To favorite one of the available channels, go to the Watch tab, and then tap the channel’s icon.

  2. Tap the star icon next to its name to add it to your list of favorites.

  3. If you’d like to remove a starred channel, tap More options (the three vertical dots), then tap Settings, and then tap Edit favorite channels.

  4. Tap Edit, and then select the favorited channel(s) you want to remove. Tap Remove or Remove all. Tap Remove to confirm.

A channel listing with the Favorite icon highlighted

Video player settings

If you’re worried about data or would like to view Samsung Free in a pop-up player, there are settings for that too. 

  1. From the Watch tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.

  2. If you want to save mobile data, tap the switch next to Stream over Wi-Fi only.

  3. Tap the switch next to Auto play to turn it on or off.

  4. Then, tap the switch next to pop-up player if you’d like a mini window to appear when you leave the Samsung Free app.

Customize the Listen tab

The Listen tab has tons of podcasts if you’re looking for something new to listen to while you’re working or cleaning. You can search for podcasts or select from the available categories to discover your new favorite topic.

  1. To open Samsung Free, swipe right while on the Home screen.

  2. Make sure you’re on the Listen tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.

  3. Tap the switch next to Auto play to automatically play the next episode of a podcast you are listening to.

  4. Next, tap Back, and then tap a podcast. Tap Subscribe to subscribe to the podcast, or tap an episode to play it.

    Subscribe highlighted in the Samsung Free app
  5. To view details about the podcast episodes, tap More options (the three vertical dots) next to an episode.

When a podcast is playing, a bar with the podcast’s information will appear at the bottom of the screen. You can use it to pause, play, rewind, or fast forward the podcast. To see the podcast’s episodes, tap the podcast’s title on the bar.

Customize categories in the Read tab

The Read tab isn't just about news or politics. You can customize it to show other categories like Entertainment, Sports, Tech, or other topics you'd like to learn about. 

  1. To open Samsung Free, swipe right while on the Home screen. 

  2. Make sure you’re on the Read tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings

  3. Tap News categories, and then tap the switch next to your desired topics, such as News, Sports, etc.

    News categories screen with a list of categories and switches
  4. If you selected more than one category, you will be able to reorder them. Use the arrows to drag and drop the categories to your preferred order.

  5. If you want to change the language of the articles you receive, tap Back, then tap Language and region, and then choose your desired language.

  6. When you go back to the Read tab, you’ll see new sections for the categories you picked and articles in the language you chose.

Customize data settings for the Play tab

The games in the Play tab require an internet connection. You can decide whether you want the games to use Wi-Fi only or if they can use data when necessary.

  1. To open Samsung Free, swipe right while on the Home screen.

  2. Make sure you’re on the Play tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.

  3. If you do not want to use mobile data to play games, tap the switch next to Stream over Wi-Fi only.

  4. As an extra precaution to save data, swipe to the Play settings section, and then tap the switch next to Auto play instant game preview videos to turn the feature off.

Stream over Wi-Fi only switched on with a Galaxy phone

Turn Samsung Free off

Maybe you like to keep your Home screen clear of distractions. While you can't delete Samsung Free, you can disable it to remove it from your Home screens, so it no longer appears when you swipe right.

From the Home screen, just touch and hold a blank portion of the screen, and swipe right to the Samsung Free page. Tap the switch next to Samsung Free to turn it off. If you change your mind, just tap the switch to turn it on again.

Samsung Free widget switched on with a Galaxy phone

Note: If you're using an S21 series phones, you can tap the switch next to On at the top of the screen.

Use Google Discover's features

With the new Google Discover feature, you can receive updates on all of the things you love, like your favorite news sites, sports teams, or hobbies.

To find Google Discover, just swipe right on your Home screen. You’ll see all kinds of articles based on your interests. You can personalize Google Discover by choosing your preferred updates in either the Google app or Google Chrome browser.

Google Discover on a Galaxy phone

Note: Google Discover is enabled by default, but you can switch it to Samsung Free instead if you'd like. Please see the next section for more information.

Switch between Google Discover and Samsung Free

The Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Fold3, Z Fold2, Z Flip4, Z Flip3, Z Flip2, S22, S21, A53, A23, A52, A42, A32, Tab S7, Tab A7, and Tab S8 devices come with both Google Discover and Samsung Free! You can swap between the two whenever you want to change things up a bit.

From the Home screen, touch and hold a blank portion of the screen, and swipe right. The page will be split between Google Discover and Samsung Free. Choose your desired option. The next time you swipe right from the Home screen, your desired option will appear, whether it's Google Discover or Samsung Free.

If you'd like to turn off both services, touch and hold a blank portion of the screen, and swipe right. Tap the switch next to On at the top of the screen. This will turn off Google Discover and Samsung Free.

Samsung Free chosen on a Galaxy phone
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